Information about a Gastrectomy from Cancer Survivors Network and Mayo Clinic
Cancer Survivors Network
Mayo Clinic Gastrectomy
Information about Total Gastrectomy
Removes the entire stomach and parts of the esophagus, the small intestine, and other tissue near the tumor. The surgeon might also remove the spleen and/or nearby lymph nodes (lymph node dissection). The esophagus is connected to the small intestine so the patient can continue to eat and swallow.
Side effects of surgery: Recovery from a gastrectomy takes time. While the patient is healing, he or she will initially be fed intravenously and, after several days, will be gradually reintroduced to liquids, soft foods, and solid foods. Many patients who have had a subtotal gastrectomy are eventually able to eat fairly normally, although they may have to make some adjustments in their diet (such as eating smaller meals) to avoid discomfort and indigestion.